Back at the Barnyard

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Tamer than the movie, but still only so-so.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 24 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The animals are usually willing to follow Otis' whims without question. One female character who verbally disagrees with his opinions (often, sensibly so) is portrayed as smart-mouthed and rude. Potty humor is popular, as when the animals use a pig's flatulence to fly a hot air balloon. Otis often uses schemes and tricks to persuade his friends to follow his lead.

Violence & Scariness

Typical cartoon violence (knocks to the head, collisions between characters), but it doesn't result in injury. The animals also walk away unscathed from occasional peril (like a hot air balloon plummeting to the ground).

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the mischief in this animated series -- which is based on the raucous movie Barnyard -- is slightly tamer than in the big-screen version, which included drinking, joyriding, getting chased by cops, and more. But ringleader Otis (a male cow who, inexplicably, has udders) still plots, schemes, and tricks his comrades into following his selfish, often-devious plans. Those plans sometimes lead to peril (a plummeting hot air balloon) or cartoonish violence (knocks to the head, etc.), but no one is ever injured.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2-year-old Written bydbzfabgirl September 17, 2010
I think I heard the girl cow say D*m an one man say vagina
Adult Written bybluephoenix April 9, 2008

One of the best new animated shows

This show is really great.

The writing is way above average for children's TV and adults and kids will enjoy watching together.

I can't wait to s... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMusiclovergig June 23, 2020

Doesn’t hold up

Unmemorable and a little more mature than you’d expect.
Teen, 14 years old Written byMochiWolf April 18, 2018


When I was in preschool, my parents didn't let me watch this show. Somehow I managed to see a few episodes, and I saw why. There is a lot of violence and d... Continue reading

What's the story?

The animated spin-off BACK AT THE BARNYARD picks up a few years after the movie left off. Time has done little to raise the Farmer's (voiced by Fred Tatasciore) awareness of his herd's ability to walk, talk, and throw parties undetected under his nose. Mischievous cow Otis (voiced by Chris Hardwick) leads his gang into hair-brained schemes that bring them ever closer to human discovery. Whether it's plotting to get the Farmer out of the way for a barnyard party or persuading the other animals to open a restaurant and disguise themselves as people, Otis' wacky plans always ensure plenty of mayhem and madness down on the farm. The barnyard gang includes wise-cracking mouse Pip (Jeff Garcia), sassy cow Bessy (Wanda Sykes), food addict Pig (Tino Insana), and newcomer cow Abby (Leigh-Allyn Baker), whose natural athletic ability drives Otis crazy.

Is it any good?

While Back at the Barnyard is, on the whole, tamer than its big-screen predecessor (there's no insinuation of drinking or gambling in this version), it's still sends some iffy messages to kids. Otis often coerces his peers into following his lead or schemes with them to pull one over on the Farmer. And no matter how extreme the trouble they get into, they always manage to work their way out of it -- and back into one another's good graces -- within each episode's 30-minute window. Perhaps most eyebrow-raising of all are the misconceptions kids might develop about barnyard animals -- not so much because they talk and walk upright, but because, once again, Otis the male cow sports a protruding set of udders. A biology lesson this is not, so be sure to correct the (hopeful) oversight for your kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about being responsible. Kids: Do you think Otis and his friends act responsibly? Why or why not? What makes them do what they do? How does it affect the animals and people around them? Have you ever been talked into doing something you didn't want to do by a friend (or done the talking-into yourself)? What happened? Do you think cartoons like this one encourage questionable behavior in kids? Why or why not? How do you which behavior you see in the media is OK to copy and which isn't?

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